Sunday, July 10, 2011


You will not waste a prayer on our family this week.  Austin, (Dana and Greg’s oldest little) is having heart surgery in Little Rock on Thursday morning. 
It’s a surgery that they have known was in their future since Austin was small, but they had hoped it was still a a few years off.

Because of some blood pressure problems this last year and some other blood work numbers, the pediatric cardiologist decided the time is now. The doctors at Children's Hospital in Little Rock agreed. 

I am sure it is a routine surgery that they do everyday in this hospital (they do not even do it here) but when it’s your boy having it, it becomes anything but routine.  It becomes anxiety and sleepless nights.
First thing this morning I saw Greg’s middle of the night FB post and knew he was worried and sleep was not happening.  He and Dana along with Austin, Gray and Parker left today.  Parker was in tow to keep Austin preoccupied and they are all spending a couple of days in Hot Springs at an amusement/water park.  Jack, Jack aka Woody, Amanda and I will meet up with them in Little Rock on Wednesday and spend the rest of the week.  The surgery is Thursday morning.
It’s a scary thing to hand your child off to a doctor that you have never even met ( all the consulting is between his doctors here and the ones there).

Austin 2

Austin and his new dog MAX

austin and max

My beautiful daughter-in-love Dana….I am a fan of two pair of glasses….for me it is reading and sunglasses. Dana just does not have her contacts in.

Gorgeous Dana

My Boy that loves his family with a love that is rare.  He speaks it daily.  He lives it daily.


Austin and his Nanny.  Dana’s Mom, Janet is a beautiful lady inside and out.

Austin and Janet

Austin, very intent at Chucky Cheese!


AUSTIN and his BEST BUDDY, PARKER! We are counting on Parker to keep Austin's mind off the surgery the next few days.

austin and his bud

            THE FAMILY

austin and fa

Thanks in advance for your prayers. After Jacks stroke last October, the blog community blew me away.

I went back and read all those comments and emails today.
Bloggers by the 100’s that checked in everyday..and I have only blogged for a two and half years.  I know people prayed.
At that time I had no idea that the stat counter existed but now that I can go back and read it, many of those first 7 or 8 days, I had over 500 hits each day.  And they could not have been because they were reading a fun
Disney post.  Forever I will be grateful to you.

Now I am asking you to pray for
My Boys’ Boy.

Please pray that the surgery has no complications, fixes the problem, that Austin does not experience any fear this week and that Dana and Greg have a peacethat same peace we experienced that hard week in October.

The winner of the cookbook is Nancy at Bacardi Mama!


Theresa said...

You can count on my prayers! I'll be praying that God will guide the Doctor's hands and that Austin will not be scared:), get the problem corrected and snap back quickly! Love to you and BIG HUGS from a Ganky to a Grammy!

Ashley said...

Praying that God provides peace and comfort for your family...that sweet boy is in HIS hands! :)

Kelli said...

God bless him with a perfect procedure and swift recovery!

Buttercup said...

You have my prayers for a complete and quick recovery. Sending hugs to all of you!

Brenda said...

I'll be praying!

ShirleyC said...

I'll be praying also.

Hope Filled Living said...

What a beautiful little boy! He will be in my prayers this week. I just know he will come out of this feeling better than ever!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Evening Teresa Sweetie...
You will all be in my prayers, but especially Austin. We know he is in the BEST hands possible. I will be praying for God to give the Dr.s the wisdom that they need and the guidance for them as the perform the surgery that Austin needs for his heart to function properly.

We will all be walking with you sweet friend. Please keep us posted. Many hugs and much love from Phoenix, Sherry

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh you definitely have my prayers for the whole family and for the Lord to guide the doctors hands. God Bless. Hugs, Marty


It is a joy to pray for your Grandson and your family, just as I did for Jack. It is a great way to use the internet.

My dad recently had open heart surgery and so many bloggers prayed for him. He is doing great.

Praying for you, too.


His Doorkeeper said...

You know you have our prayers for Austin, Teresa!

I'm not sure how Thursday will go because we have many people to meet with at Children's but maybe there will a chance we will run into you! That would be awesome!

There will be many prayers going up to the Lord on Thursday at Children's!!

Debby said...

Good luck
Austin. I will be praying for you.
Now is the time to hit Grammy up for new toys. I bet she would just about buy you the world. Prayers for the whole family.

Justabeachkat said...

You KNOW I will be praying! I STILL pray for Jack.

Please keep us updated.

Much love and big hugs,

Life Happens said...

Sending lots of prayers to Austin! Hope he has a speedy recovery.

Bacardi Mama said...

I will certainly keep your sweet grandson in my prayers. Keep us updated please. Hugs and good thoughts are with you.

Michelle said...

Will be praying for you. ((HUGS))


Jessica said...

I am actually stopping by from the For the Love of Blogs Comment Love page. It's pretty amazing that it brought me here, because I have a rare, genetic disease that was supposed to limit my days to 10 years. I KNOW that miracles are real, and that God can do amazing things in this little boy's life. Austin has my prayers as he faces this difficult step. Prayers for your lovely family!

SarahMerritt said...

praying! I know God will keep you all in his arms!

jojo said...

what a beautiful, sweet, loving family...I will be praying for all of them with extra prayers for Austin. I will anxiously be checking for updates safe y'all.

SavannahGranny said...

Teresa, First of all let me say, you and your sweet family are a part of my prayers right now and for the duration. Austin is in God's hands and he will be fine. As for the rest of you, God will give you peace and assurance.
It is rarely that I can tell someone, "I know exactly you feel". But in this occasion I do. My eldest grandson, now 25 years old had open heart surgery when he was just 4 yrs old. It was so difficult for all of us. We shouldn't have to see our beloved little ones so vulnerable and helpless. God was on his throne and our prayers were answered. Today he is healthy and whole. Little Austin will be too. I know you will keep us posted on his recovery.
Just remember we are praying for all of you daily.
Blessings, Ginger

BARBIE said...

I am definately praying. Asking God for His peace which surpasses all understanding to be with Austin, Dana and Greg, and you too! Praying the doctors and nurses would be guided by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and that everything will go smoothly with no complications. Also asking for quick healing and no pain!

~Lisa said...

Saying hi from FTLOB! I hope that everything goes well for Austin. I love that picture of him and your new dog. So sweet! Hugs to you!

simple country living! said...

Praying (for your grandbaby as well as your family) to be surrounded by God's supernatural peace during this time...May He bless you all!!

Love Being A Nonny said...

I want you to know that this morning as I pray for my Littles, I will pray for yours. Please keep us posted. Austin is in God's hands. This is no surprise to God...HE will take care of Austin. (The pics are beautiful!)

Joyce said...

I will add your grandson to my prayers this week. Praying for all you asked~take care.

mississippi artist said...

Prayers going up!I pray you have the peace of God that passes all understanding...

whimzie said...

You know I would have prayed anyway, but when I was reading this post, I couldn't help but think of the picture you sent me of Greg rocking his baby wearing my daddy's bracelet. That really touched me more than you may know. Please tell Greg it would be my complete and total honor to return the favor and pray for Austin this week.

Children's in Little Rock is an amazing place. I'm sure he'll do great.

whimzie said...

You know I would have prayed anyway, but when I was reading this post, I couldn't help but think of the picture you sent me of Greg rocking his baby wearing my daddy's bracelet. That really touched me more than you may know. Please tell Greg it would be my complete and total honor to return the favor and pray for Austin this week.

Children's in Little Rock is an amazing place. I'm sure he'll do great.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Teresa Sweetie...
Just wanted you to know I was sending up lots of prayers last night, and will continue to do so each day this week. Make sure Autstin knows he is in our prayers sweet friend.

I will be right there hugging you all the way on Thursday my friend. Many hugs and much love from Phoenix, Sherry

Sally said...

My prayers for Austin, the doctors and all of you! Please keep us posted.

God bless. ((hugs))

Jenny said...

hope all goes well :)

Elena (Running in Heels After Child) said...

I am sure everything will be fine, but your family will be in my thought and prayers all the same.



Laurie in Ca. said...

Praying for Austin and your whole family right now Teresa. Asking God for everything to go smoothly and for His peace to fill all of you.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

Linda said...

I am praying girlfriend! Austin is precious...and so is his family...especially his Grammy. Try not to fear....because remember... God is in control!

Love, {{Hugs}} and many prayers!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

TexaGermaNadian said...

Will be thinking about this little man and his family. Thanks for linking up to the Storytellers Blog Hop this weekend. Glad to have had you :)

Anonymous said...

I will be keeping up with your blog to see how Austin's progress goes.
This has to be nausea at its best - due to the unknown.
My prayers will cover all of you - especially Austin and his doctors.
Beautiful family!
love always, patti

Anonymous said...

We are praying. I know this story. Happened to a close friend. He was 19. He is doing Great! He had a pacemaker put in. You know this is what happened to Pete Maravich.
I have three rooms. One Bed but I can buy blow ups. We've only been unpacked a fee days. I have computer problems because of a hacker. Grrr. But if you need anything. Give me all the Hospital info. Is it children's
Love u all

Jennifer said...

Hi Teresa,

I will be praying for Austin!
Much love to you and your family!

WendyLynders said...

I will pray for him. Prayers work. I am a cancer survivor... prayers work! Blessings on this journey... to your whole family.

Nikki said...

Praying for him!!

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About A Mom said...

What a beautiful family. Prayers going up for your little guy! I am a new follower from Mon Hop! Please stop by

PEA said...

Your grandson is certainly in my prayers as are you and the rest of the family. God will hear all these prayers and how can He but listen to them and heal this precious boy:-) xoxo

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Keeping Austin in my prayers.

myletterstoemily said...

i pray for austin's complete restoration
and swift recovery. i also ask the Lord
for His peace that passes all understanding.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that I have been praying for that precious little guy of yall's today. Praying for a perfect peace for each of you!! Love you guys!!!!!!!

Kecia said...

I saw your comment on my blog and came over here--so glad I did, so I can pray too. And I have-

Anonymous said...

Sweet Teresa,

I am praying for dear Austin and I will continue to pray for him in the days to come as well as all of you.

Love you my friend,

Anonymous said...

Melissa has left a new comment on your post "PLEASE PRAY":

Praying! The Doctor's that work these miracles have God guiding their hands daily. My son has had two open heart surgeries and it is very difficult to hand over our children and wait in the waiting room. Stay strong!

Anonymous said...

Alex and Jill has left a new comment on your post "PLEASE PRAY":

Praying for your grandson right now. If there's anything I can do for your family - please let me know. I live in LR.


Kate said...

Hi Teresa! Thanks for stopping by my blog. After reading your sweet comments, I popped over here. I am so sorry to learn of your grandson's health challenges. I will keep him and the rest of your family in my prayers. Be well, Kate

Anonymous said...

GrammyMouseTails has left a new comment on your post "PLEASE PRAY":

Sending up prayers & offering fast healing hugs for Austin.
Take care of your self too, sweetie.

Anonymous said...

TheBlogWriter8 has left a new comment on your post "PLEASE PRAY":


I'm sending warmth, love, peace, care, giggles, smiles and happiness to this little boy here. May this be painless, easy and quick for everyone!


Kelley said...

Thanks for checking out my blog. and I am praying for your sweet grandbaby now. May the Lord's hand surround the doctors, giving them the wisdom to work wonders on Austin's heart and may Austin have overwhelming peace through the whole procedure and recovery. May God's big arms surround Him and comfort Him.

The Bells said...


I saw your comment on my blog, so I clicked on yours. I will definitely say a prayer for your grandson. I cannot imagine going through this with my own child. My husband did four years of residency at Arkansas Children's Hospital, and we have all of the confidence in the world in that place! Rest assured, he is in great hands...the doctors' at the hospital and his Heavenly Father's.

Anonymous said...

Allie and Pattie has left a new comment on your post "PLEASE PRAY":

Having just had 2 heart surgeries and facing more, I'm sending all my love, gentle hugs, and prayers for healing and that your sweet boy feels all this love that surrounds him

nancygrayce said...


Connie said...

Praying here too!

twinkle said...

That is one beautiful family! May there be no drama and no interruptions to God's Hand as He heals through the skilled hands of the surgeon and team. I pray for compassionate care for ALL of you! I also ask for others to cheer all of you on as the surgery takes place. May Austin feel God's peace and not suffer any upset stomach, no pain, no discomfort, and no fear. In Jesus Name. Amen!

I'll be lifting all of you up in prayer tomorrow, too...